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Monday, January 27, 2014

“Horsehide Q&A” with Pitcher and Songwriter Al Fitzmorris

Nice to see a Fitzmorris article after all the Morris fits ones…

Q: What do you remember most about twice being selected in expansion drafts?

A: The first draft in the winter of ’68 winter I had no idea it was going on. I didn’t think about it at all. I was consumed with playing baseball and after the season I would go home and work. I was working at WT Grants in the stockroom and my brother told me I had been drafted by the Royals. I had no idea who they were. I went to camp and it was great opportunity. The White Sox had great pitching depth and awesome arms. It was a brand new opportunity and my chances turned out to be as good as anybody’s.

In ’76 being drafted by Toronto was a nightmare. I had grown up to be an adult as a major league pitcher in Kansas City and I was not happy when I was drafted. I never adjusted well. The same day I was drafted by Toronto I was traded to Cleveland and that was the last place I wanted to be. I never really found myself as anything other than a Kansas City Royal. I was disappointed in not being protected and then being drafted and then traded. Some of the excitement I had for the game left.

...Fitzmorris lost a little of his passion for the game after leaving Kansas City, but his passion for the city and the game never completely left. He still lives in the metro area working with young ball players and continuing to work on his second passion, his music.

“My son has an organization called Players Edge. I work with 14-, 10- and 8-year-old teams. I teach hitting and pitching and I do private lessons at a facility in Olathe,” Fitzmorris said. “I do a lot of musical writing, and am not your typical former baseball player. I always played in bands. I play at guitar and keyboards, but am mostly a vocalist.”

Repoz Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Webber Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4646752)
Here is a useless fact I learned recently,

Fitz - n. 1. A son; - used in compound names, to indicate paternity, esp. of the illegitimate sons of kings and princes of the blood; as, Fitzroy, the son of the king; Fitzclarence, the son of the duke of Clarence.

   2. Mike Webber Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4646761)
One other note, the author was one of our guest speakers for SABR Day in Kansas City this year. Jeremy is a good guy, and talked his way into getting paid to blog about and run the social media for the indy league team in Wichita last season. He gave everyone that came to the meeting a copy of his book, Capital City Cubbie about being a Cubs fan in Topeka, Kansas.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4646762)
Fizmorris used to host the Royals post-game show on Metro Sports. He was interesting.

Really good hitter for a pitcher IIRC. He lasted ten years with a 3.2 K per nine inings ratio. That's a testament to those crazy 70s.

I'm about a year or two away from doing Royals Fantasy Camp.
   4. Tracy Ringolsby Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4646905)
Covered Fitzmorris with a couple of teams, and one of my favorite Fitzy moments was when he was with Royals and Charlie Metro was the manager. Bases were loaded. Nobody was out. Story is Metro went to the mound, ``Throw a double play ball,'' he said. ``If I could do that the bases wouldn't be loaded,'' Fitzmorris replied.
   5. Cblau Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:22 PM (#4647054)
So, is he the illegitimate son of Jack Morris?
   6. Tracy Ringolsby Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:33 PM (#4647059)
Nah, he is older than Jack Morris.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: January 27, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4647075)
Maybe he is the son of pitcher Cannonball Ed Morris.

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